FIRST READING (The blind and the lame I will bring back: I will console them.)
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah (31:7-9)
Thus says the Lord: Shout with joy for Jacob, exult at the head of the nations; proclaim your praise and say: The Lord has delivered his people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them back from the land of the north; I will gather them from the ends of the world, with the blind and the lame in their midst, the mothers and those with child; they shall return as an immense throng. They departed in tears, but I will console them and guide them; I will lead them to brooks of water, on a level road, so that none shall stumble. For I am a father to Israel, Ephraim is my first-born. — The Word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM (126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6)
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. (Ps 126:3)
When the Lord brought back the captives of Zion, we were like men dreaming. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with rejoicing. (R)
Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad indeed. (R)
Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the torrents in the southern desert. Those that sow in tears shall reap rejoicing. (R)
Although they go forth weeping, carrying the seed to be sown, they shall come back rejoicing, carrying their sheaves. (R)
SECOND READING (You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.)
A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews (5:1-6)
Brothers and sisters: Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God, just as Aaron was. In the same way, it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest, but rather the one who said to him: You are my son: this day I have begotten you; just as he says in another place: You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. — The Word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (Cf. 2 Tim 1:10)
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel. (R)
GOSPEL (Master, I want to see.)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (10:46-52)
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But the blind man kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” The blind man threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to Jesus, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately the blind man received his sight and followed Jesus on the way. — The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.